Park Hosts Volunteer Trail Opportunity for National Public Lands Day
Great Smoky Mountains National Park is hosting a volunteer trail maintenance workday on Saturday, September 22nd in celebration of the 25th annual National Public Lands Day. Participants are invited to participate on a trail rehabilitation project along the Oconaluftee River Trail in Cherokee, North Carolina from 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Volunteers will assist park staff in resurfacing a large section of the Oconaluftee River Trail. This is a multi-use riverside path connecting the town of Cherokee to the Oconaluftee Visitor Center. This important trail provides local community members as well as travelers an easy to access trail for recreation and a platform from which to educate visitors about the natural and cultural history found within Great Smoky Mountains National Park. We will rehabilitate the trail by shoveling, spreading, and compacting surface material. While jobs may vary in complexity, volunteers must be able to hike at least 2 miles and safely perform strenuous manual labor. Volunteers should be comfortable using hand tools such as shovels, rakes, and wheelbarrows. Minimum age of participants is 16. Those under 18 must be accompanied by a responsible parent or guardian.
Volunteers should wear long pants, sturdy closed-toed shoes, and appropriate layers for cool weather. The park will provide gloves, safety gear, and tools for the day. All participants should bring lunch, water, and rain gear. Interested participants should contact Trail and Facilities Volunteer Coordinator Adam Monroe at 828-497-1949 or email@example.com for more information and registration.
National Public Lands Day is the nation’s largest single-day volunteer effort to improve and enhance the public lands across America. This year’s celebration is expected to draw more than 200,000 volunteers at more than 2,600 sites. For more information about National Public Lands visit https://www.neefusa.org/public-lands-day.